Southern Colorado Business Partnership
Why do Business in Southern Colorado
Deep and Talented Workforce – A larger part of the population of Southern Colorado have technical, bachelor’s degree or higher.

Low Utility Rates – Colorado Springs and Pueblo have municipally owned utilities and provide some of the  lowest electric rates in Colorado for industrial users, and for large commercial users.

Diverse Local Economy – Southern Colorado’s economy offers a high degree of stability with  a diverse economy focused on, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, mining, high-tech, nonprofits, and the defense industry.

Excellent Proximity to Airports and Highways – Key cities in southern Colorado are located on the key transportation corridors; I25, Highways 24, 50 and 160.  Key airports are located in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.

Low Cost of Living – Southern Colorado is extremely affordable: Both housing and overall cost of living are below the national average.

Multiple Higher Education Institutions – There are two universities and five community colleges in Southern Colorado that educate nearly 65,000 students in almost 700 fields of study. These schools include Colorado State University- Pueblo, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, Pueblo Community College, Otero Junior College, Lamar Community College, and Trinidad State Junior College.

Low Taxes – The state of Colorado currently ranks 11th in the nation for lowest overall tax burden, and both the state and local tax burdens are well below national averages. Additionally, Colorado ranks 16th in the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index, which compares states in five different taxation areas that impact business.

Outstanding Schools – School districts in key communities in Southern Colorado are among the best in Colorado.

Quality of Life – Located along the Rocky Mountains, Southern Colorado enjoys unparalleled hiking, skiing, biking, fishing and boating under skies that offer nearly 300 days of sunshine a year.